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4.00033568311514 out of 54.00033568311514 out of 54.00033568311514 out of 54.00033568311514 out of 54.00033568311514 out of 5 4.00 (2,979 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: L. M. Boston Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Green Knowe Series Release Date: January 1954 ISBN: 9781593163365
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L. M. Boston’s thrilling and chilling tales of Green Knowe, a haunted manor deep in an overgrown garden in the English countryside, have been entertaining readers for half a century. There are three children: Toby, who rides the majestic horse Feste; his mischievous little sister, Linnet; and their brother, Alexander, who plays the flute. The children warmly welcome Tolly to Green Knowe … even though they’ve been dead for centuries. But that’s how everything is at Green Knowe. The ancient manor hides as many stories as it does dusty old rooms. And the master of the house is great-grandmother Oldknow, whose storytelling mixes present and past with the oldest magic in the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An uncommon tale…told with a gratifying blend of the eerie, the sinister, and the familiar.”

    New Yorker

  • “Magic, mystery and fun will bring listeners along for an entertaining ride, even if they may not always be sure where the ghosts begin and real-life leaves off.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This is a book…to own and read aloud and come back to over and over again. It is one of the best fantasies I have ever read.”

    Horn Book

  • “The world of Green Knowe offers a wondrous escape.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary Clarke | 2/20/2014

    " Wish I found this when I was a child, would have adored it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwyn | 2/15/2014

    " I enjoyed the story, however it was such a calm and quaint story that I always felt like sleeping while I read. Also, if there were better connections with the stories from the past to the current story it would have held my attention better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 2/12/2014

    " This is a short but cute book. Tolly goes to live with his grandmother in an old castle where previous family members still walk the halls and grounds. Tolly wants more than anything to see Feste, a horse that used to live in the stables. He loves listening to Grandmother's stories about Linnet, Toby and Alexander. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bricks | 2/11/2014

    " Too chirpy for my liking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/9/2014

    " This is kind of an old book (published 2002, I believe), and it wasn't getting any attention on our shelves. I listened to it to see if it was worth recommending the series. I enjoyed it quite a bit - more than I had expected. I look forward to featuring it for my 5th and 6th graders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zoe | 2/6/2014

    " loved it, just not long enough! Was given it as a kid, and absolutely loved it, then bought it again recently and it's still as good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 1/18/2014

    " Read this over a week or two with Law, a good chapter book and one that you have to figure out what is happening a bit - lots of imagery. Sort of better for a young girl (6-8) I think, the main character is a boy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 11/28/2013

    " It's hard to believe I missed this excellent book when I was a kid. Thanks to Robbie I have it now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela Lloyd | 11/18/2013

    " As a child, I loved the series of which this book is a part. I enjoyed reading it again; it's always wonderful to find that a childhood favorite doesn't disappoint when read as an adult. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent | 11/10/2013

    " Listened as an audiobook at Christmas time was very imaginative and fitting for that time of year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen L. | 1/25/2013

    " These stories are a series of five written in the 1950's. This one is about a boy, Tolly who goes to stay at Green Knowe with his eccentric great grandmother. It is so English and quaint with lovely charecters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 1/5/2013

    " Fabulous! Finally, a book of the old ways for kids! I loved it, what a fantasy! I'll be buying the rest of them on Amazon today and giving them to one of my grandaughters for Christmas! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 9/13/2012

    " So very, very mysterious and haunting, yet not in any way scary for a child. It celebrates the history of the spaces we ever briefly inhabit before we leave them to the next generations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandi | 9/3/2012

    " This was a lovely cozy read about a young boy, his great-grandmother, and their generations-old manor house filled with family stories and ghosts. I look forward to reading the rest of this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scarlet | 8/2/2012

    " A nice book, though I kept expecting something dreadful to happen to Tolley, like being sucked into the past to die of bubonic plague. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 cat | 6/9/2012

    " v and i listened to this on the way to boston and we loved it. can't wait to read the rest of the series. and how cool is it that the author started writing in her 60's because the manor house she purchased inspired her with it's stories! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen | 3/16/2012

    " I didn't read this children's book until I was in my teens and I am still re-reading it. Discovery, mystery, yearning, and coming home...and the most delightful ghosts you'd want to meet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 NC | 2/27/2012

    " I liked it. I really liked the relationship between Tolly and his grandmother. Seems like a good first spooky book for kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 PAULA | 1/21/2012

    " I RE-READ THIS BOOK AS AN ADULT AND COULDNT BELIEVE HOW IT MATCHED MY LIFE NOW. I COLLECT MICE. I BUY ROCKING HORSES FOR THE KIDS IN MY LIFE. I FEED BIRDS I EVEN HAVE A LITTLE BLACK AND WHITE DOG NAMED OREO (CLOSE ENOUGH) I EVEN NAMED MY KID TRISTAN. (AGAIN CLOSE ENOUGH) I GUESS THIS BOOK HELPED TO SHAPE MY LIFE. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 5/17/2011

    " A very sweet book. Nothing contentious or difficult. Looking forward to the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scarlet | 5/15/2011

    " A nice book, though I kept expecting something dreadful to happen to Tolley, like being sucked into the past to die of bubonic plague. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gena | 4/12/2011

    " Not an easy book to get into and not a new book, by any means, this is still worth a read. It has the feel of Susan Cooper's "The Dark is Rising" series. Still, the story gets under your skin. Best read it on a snowy winter day!! (You'll have to try it to see. . . ) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 12/29/2010

    " what a fun (if creepy) story. I wish I had discovered it as a kid because I think I would have totally loved it (instead of mostly liked it like I do now). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 12/21/2010

    " One of the best children's novel series ever: magic, treasure, ghosts - fantastic! For any fan of Harry Potter and Narnia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 9/7/2010

    " This must be what J K Rowling grew up reading.... oh, so charming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenne | 8/15/2010

    " Read by the fabulous Simon Vance! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 8/8/2010

    " This quiet story about a lonely boy and the ghosts in an old house that he befriends has been on my to read list for a long time. The book has a kind of dreamy quality that is very different from the action packed stories of many of today's children's books. A good read for a cold winter's night. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gillian | 7/6/2010

    " I read this every Christmas and when I have chidren I plan to read it with them every Christmas too. It's beautiful and magical and, like The Box of Delights, is one that I loved as a child and still love now. "

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About the Author

Lucy Maria Boston (1892–1990) purchased a ramshackle manor house near Cambridge, England, in 1935, which over a period of two years she lovingly restored. It is this house that inspired her, at the age of sixty-two, to take pen in hand and create the beloved Green Knowe series.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.